My name is Charlie Lyne. I am an essay filmmaker.
I am a Field of Vision fellow for 2018.
My e-mail address is hello @ this website.
Beyond Clueless (2014)
A dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics. 89 minutes 1.85:1 2.0
Vibrant, funny and subversive... Interpretative analysis at its most engaging and evocative. Dazed & Confused
Beyond Clueless deconstructs cliques, party scenes and devirginations, while also serving as an irresistible guide to the best (and worst-best) teen movies ever. New York Magazine
Selected festivals: SXSW '14 Rotterdam '15 Hot Docs '14 CPH:DOX '14 Sheffield '14
Written, directed and edited by Charlie Lyne; Narrated by Fairuza Balk; Produced by Anthony Ing, Billy Boyd Cape and Charlie Lyne; Co-produced by Catherine Bray; Original music by Summer Camp; Title design by Hattie Stewart; Executive produced by Louis Bhose, Miles Haughton, Oliver Levy, Fred Macpherson and Sue Odell.
In the summer of 1990, a teenage filmmaker successfully raises $100,000 to shoot a pioneering horror film. 25 years later, he tells the story of a cult classic that never was. 9 minutes 1.33:1 2.0 STAFF PICK
At just 9 minutes in length, Lyne's distinctive short takes you on an unbelievable journey... inventive and compelling. Short of the Week
A joyous rush of images. POV
Selected festivals: True/False '15 Fantastic Fest '15 Hot Docs '15 London '15 Edinburgh '15
Written, directed and edited by Charlie Lyne; Featuring Rolfe Kanefsky; Original score by Hometape.
Fear Itself (2015)
A personal journey through fear and cinema that asks whether horror movies know us better than we know ourselves. 88 minutes Available in 1.78:1, 1.85:1 and 2.35:1 versions 2.0
Beautiful... not just an homage to the genre but a horror film itself, plunging the viewer into the well of anxieties that is cinephilia. Cahiers du Cinéma
An indispensable piece of film criticism as much as it is, more simply, a fresh and compelling film. Village Voice
Selected festivals: AFI Fest '16 Rotterdam '16 MOMI First Look '17 Hot Docs '16 Bordeaux '16Prix du Syndicat de la Critique BAFICI '16
Written, directed and edited by Charlie Lyne; Narrated by Amy E Watson; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing, Charlie Lyne and Daniel O'Connor; Original score by Jeremy Warmsley; Executive produced by Janet Lee and Victoria Jaye; Sound mix by Peregrine Andrews.
Paint Drying (2016)
A ten-hour unbroken shot of white paint drying on a brick wall, watched in its entirety by the UK's film censor board. 607 minutes 1.85:1 2.0
British filmmaker Charlie Lyne made a 607-minute movie of white paint drying on a wall, and over the course of two days, the British Board of Film Classification had to watch every second of it. The Washington Post
A vision of darkness in eighteen films. 3 minutes 1.78:1 2.0
Commissioned by Channel 4 for Random Acts.
Directed by Charlie Lyne; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing and Charlie Lyne; Music by Hometape.
Fish Story (2017)
A search for the truth behind a fishy tale. 14 minutes Available in 1.78:1 and 1.85:1 versions 2.0 STAFF PICK
A simple, understated, unpretentious work of short-form nonfiction - and nothing less than a miracle of tender-hearted mirth. I adored this little film. National Post
Selected festivals: Sundance '17 AFI Docs '17Audience Award for Best Short Rotterdam '17 Chicago '17Audience Award for Best Documentary Short True False '17 Hot Docs '17 Sheffield '17 AFI Fest '17 Denver '17Best Documentary Short
Other awards: Best Short, Grierson Awards Best Short, BIFA Awards
Directed and edited by Charlie Lyne; Based on a story by Caspar Salmon; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing and Charlie Lyne; Music by Jeremy Warmsley; Sound mix by Mike Woolley.
Frames and Containers (2017)
A video essay on the enduring cinematic tussle between frame and container. 9 minutes 1:1 2.0 STAFF PICK
Engaging, inspired and downright revelatory, this is what video essayism is all about. Daniel Clarkson Fisher
Published in the 'Indefinite Visions' issue of [in]Transition, Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies.
One of Sight & Sound's Best Video Essays of 2017.
Written, directed and edited by Charlie Lyne; Music by Anthony Ing.
Missing Episode (2017)
20 years ago, Ross Sutherland was watching EastEnders with his parents when there was a knock at the door. He never saw the end of that episode. 30 minutes 1.78:1 2.0
A dazzling sung-through monologue ... a bravura feat of choreography and music, staggeringly complex and almost unaccountably beautiful. Village Voice
This is fantastic... a powerful, dreamlike audio-visual poem on the subject of memory, nostalgia and loss. The Times
Selected festivals: MOMI First Look '18
One of Sight & Sound's Best Video Essays of 2017.
Written and performed by Ross Sutherland; Music written and performed by Jonnie Common; Director of Photography: Ryan Scafuro; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing and Charlie Lyne; Directed by Charlie Lyne.
Personal Truth (2017)
In December 2016, an armed man stormed a Washington D.C. pizza parlour in search of a non-existent child sex ring he'd read about online. What can his story teach us about knowledge, belief and the stories we choose to put our faith in? 17 minutes 2:1 2.0 STAFF PICK
A miraculous examination of how 'fake news' and conspiracy theories emerge — and why they linger in the imagination Stranger than Fiction
Selected festivals: IDFA '17 AFI Docs '18 True False '18 Full Frame '18 Aspen '18 Met Breuer (work in progress) Flaherty Seminar (work in progress)
Written, directed and edited by Charlie Lyne; Produced by Catherine Bray, Anthony Ing and Charlie Lyne; Original Score by Jeremy Warmsley; Executive produced by Charlotte Cook and Laura Poitras.
Ross Sutherland's Stand By for Tape Back-Up (2015)
Joe Stephenson's Chicken (2015)
Anthony Ing's Day After Day (2016)
The Case for Unfair Use (Sight & Sound)
I Went to Extraordinary Lengths to Sidestep Britain's Film Censors (Vice)
Make It Rain: a new chance for short documentaries? (Sight & Sound)
The Six Fonts of Cameraperson (Filmmaker)